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The Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces resemble a dragon’s scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. This photo was taken after heavy rain, so the rice terraces were full of water and glistened like glass  at sunset. Located 100 km north east from Guilin, Guangxi, China, the terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600 m to 800 m above sea level. A coiling terrace line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of rice in fall, and layers of frost in winter. The terraced fields were mostly built about 650 years ago.


In Chinese Buddhist temples, worshipers light and burn sticks of incense in small or large bundles, which they wave or raise above the head while bowing to the statues. Individual sticks of incense are then vertically placed into individual censers located in front of the statues or plaques either singularly or in threes, depending on the status of the deity or the feelings of the individual.